Though she’s best known as one-half of the successful folk-rock group Indigo Girls, singer-songwriter Amy Ray is going solo for her upcoming North American tour. The 25-city trek kicks off October 19 at 3rd & Lindsley in Nashville, TN, and wraps November 22 at the Variety Playhouse in Atlanta, GA.

Highlights for the tour include an October 29 gig at The Metro in Chicago, IL, and a November 12 show at the Bowery Ballroom in New York, NY. A single performance in Canada is booked for November 4 at Mod Club in Toronto, ON. The four-man rock band Arizona and indie singer-songwriter Jennifer O’Connor are providing support for select dates throughout the tour.

Ray is supporting her third solo album, “Didn’t It Feel Kinder,” which debuted in August on her own independent label, Daemon Records. Most of the record was written while on the road with Indigo Girls, according to the multi-instrumentalist.

“I was huddled over my computer with my Garage Band turned on in some cold backstage area,” Ray said in a statement on her label’s Web site. “The opening band went on and the music was pounding through the walls, creating this montage of sounds and bass beats. I started playing the most strident thing I could to cut through it all and get my thoughts down.”

In addition to her studio albums “Stag” (2001) and “Prom” (2005), Ray has released a live album of her solo material, titled “Live from Knoxville.” Although Ray took a different musical approach for the new album, its recurring themes of politics, gender, and the environment link “Kinder” to its predecessors.

“What ties the record together for me is this human yearning to be understood and the yearning to become empathetic with other people — how to love each other and be kind even when we’re brutally angry,” she explained in her statement.

The Indigo Girls, comprise of Ray and Emily Saliers, completed their 2008 tour season on October 5 with a show at Rialto Square Theatre in Joliet, IL. They had been on the road since mid-June in support of their tenth studio album “Despite Our Differences,” released in 2006.

Amy Ray itinerary:
(Dates subject to change.)

October 19 Nashville, TN 3rd & Lindsley *
October 20 Memphis, TN Hi-Tone Cafe *
October 21 St. Louis, MO Blueberry Hill *
October 23 Omaha, NE Slowdown *
October 24 Minneapolis, MN Fine Line Music Cafe *
October 25 Ames, IA Maintenence Shop *
October 26 Madison, WI High Noon Saloon *
October 28 Champaign, IL High Dive *
October 29 Chicago, IL The Metro *
October 31 Cleveland, OH Beachland Ballroom & Tavern *
November 1 Pittsburgh, PA Mr. Smalls Theater *
November 2 Buffalo, NY Tralf Music Hall +
November 4 Toronto, ON Mod Club +
November 5 Burlington, VT Higher Ground Ballroom +
November 7 Somerville, MA Somerville Theatre +
November 8 North Hampton, MA Pearl Street Upstairs
November 10 New Haven, CT Toad’s Place
November 12 New York, NY The Bowery Ballroom
November 13 Philadelphia, PA The North Star Bar
November 14 Washington, DC 9:30 Club
November 15 Richmond, VA Capital Alehouse +
November 18 Virginia Beach, VA Jewish Mother +
November 19 Carrboro, NC Cat’s Cradle +
November 21 Ashville, NC The Orange Peel *+
November 22 Atlanta, GA Variety Playhouse +

* Arizona
+ Jennifer O’Conner